Letters of Advice

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Useful Language for Letters Asking for Advice

Opening Remarks:

Formal

  • I am writing to ask if you could help me with
  • I would appreciate it if you could give me some advice about
  • I am writing to ask for your advice
  • I would be grateful if you could offer your advice
  • Could you possibly offer your advice?
  • I wonder if you could help me with a problem

Informal

  • I’m writing to ask for your advice
  • Can you give me your advice?
  • I’ve got a problem and I need your advice, etc.

Closing Remarks:

Formal

  • I would appreciate it if you could give me your advice as soon as possible
  • I look forward to receiving your advice me

Informal

  • It would be of great help if you could advise me
  • What do you think I should do?
  • Please let me know what you think I should do.
  • Please tell me what to do, etc.

 

Informal letter asking for advice sample 1

Letter asking for advice about computer addiction:

Dear Ms Smith,

I’m writing for help. I am only 14, but I think I’m seriously ill, as I have become a computer addict. Actually, I have been a computer addict since I was 11.

Now I feel that I spend too much time in front of my computer. I often neglect my everyday duties. I don’t do my homework regularly, and I don’t care about...

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Informal letter asking for advice sample 2

Letter asking for advice about money:

Dear Pam,

Sorry that I haven’t written for ages, but I’ve been very busy studying I’m writing because I’d really like your advice about a problem I have.

My friends and I have decided to go away on holiday in the summer, but I don’t have enough money. I was wondering if you had any ideas about earning some extra cash If I don’t save up enough money by August, I’ll have to go away with Mum and Dad instead. Can you ...

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Useful Language for Letters Giving Advice

Opening Remarks:

Formal

  • Thank you for your letter requesting
  • I am writing in reply to your letter asking for advice about
  • I hope the following advice will be of some help to you

Informal

  • I just got your letter and I think I can help you
  • I was sorry to hear about your problem. Here’s what I think you should do.

Suggestions can be introduced with expressions such as:

Formal

  • I strongly recommend that
  • I would suggest that
  • I believe the best course of action is
  • I would advise you to
  • You should
  • You ought to
  • If I were you I would

Informal

  • Why don’t you
  • You should
  • You ought to
  • It would be a good idea to
  • What you should do is ...
  • How about...
  • I think you should ...
  • The best advice I can give you is...

Closing Remarks:

Formal

  • I trust you will accept this advice
  • I hope this will be of help
  • I would very much like to know if this was helpful

Informal

  • Hope this has helped
  • Let me know what happens

 

Informal letter giving advice sample 1

Letter advice about plans after high school:

Dear Miss Pierson,

Thank you for your letter asking for my advice about what you should do now that you have finished school. I realise how difficult this stage must be for you, but there are a range of options for you to choose from.

If l were you, I would make a list of all the careers which may interest you and then decide which one you feel you are best suited to in terms of exam grades or subject interest. I would also suggest that you see a careers officer who would be able to give you professional...

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Informal letter giving advice sample 2

Letter advice about money:

Dear Mary,

Thanks very much for your letter, and of course I’d be happy to help. Here are a few things you can try to earn all the money you need.

First of all, if I were you get a Saturday job. How about trying to get one in a local shop so that you can be close to home? This will mean that you won't have to travel so far on Saturdays.

Perhaps you could also...

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Informal letter giving advice sample 3

Aadvice letter about how to keep fit:

Dear Rachel,

I’m glad to hear that you want to improve your eating habits and get fit. I’ll try to advise you as best as I can.

First of all, if I were you, I would eat plenty of fish, fruit and vegetables. If you follow a balanced diet, you won’t put on weight. What is more, the best thing for you would be to try not to eat so much junk food, sweets and so on. If you do this, your body won’t store so much sugar and fat.

Another good idea is to join...

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Advice letter about disagreement between you and your parents:

Dear Rachel.

I was sorry to hear about the disagreement between you and your parents. I think I can give you some advice, though, that may make things better.

First of all, you ought to remember that your parents love you very much and will be proud of you whatever you do. They may want you to become a doctor now, but if they see you succeed in another field they will be satisfied.

If I were you, I would have a serious talk... 

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Informal letter giving advice sample 5

Advice letter about pocket money:

Dear Linda,  

Thanks for your letter. I’m glad you passed your history test!

I was sorry to hear about the argument you had with your parents about your pocket money. I know you, get less than most of your friends but if your parents can’t afford to give you any more, I guess there’s not much you can do about it (unfortunately).

If I were you, I’d try not to argue about this. Why don’t you get a part- time job, maybe on Saturdays or after school...

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